There is speculation regarding the future of Rolando Aarons as Newcastle have reportedly placed contract negotiations on hold. Arsenal and Liverpool are both being linked to the teenager.
Aarons appeared set to have a breakthrough season of note at the start of the campaign, scoring twice in four matches, but his progress has been severely hampered by a string of injuries.
The 19-year-old is out of contract next summer and Newcastle are desperate to keep him but, as reported by The Mirror, the club have decided to wait until the season’s completion before talks begin.
This is supposed to have alerted both Arsenal and Liverpool who will have sensed they could secure a bargain for the England under-20 international, who is due to return to action next weekend.
Aarons is a player not too dissimilar to Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, and not only because he too was born in Jamaica. The youngster has pace to burn and can terrify defenders with the ball at his feet, as demonstrated by his goal in victory over Manchester City earlier this term.
Liverpool would appear a good fit for Aarons, were they to make a move, with Brendan Rodgers noted for his willingness to provide opportunities to young players. It was he who prompted Sterling’s meteoric rise, while Jordon Ibe has more recently established himself at the top level.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will always be in contention with the best young players become available, and Aarons would be an exciting addition to the ever growing core of English players assembled by Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.
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